My Aching Back: A Guide to Acute Low Back Pain

If your back aches, you’re not alone. In fact, 70% to 80% of American adults have experienced low back pain. Back pain is the 5th most common reason people seek medical care. And it’s also expensive—with an annual tab of over $50 billion. Back aches are common, painful, and expensive—but they’re rarely serious. Half the episodes resolve in less than a week, and three-quarters are gone within a month.

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